April 5, 1988 ~ Tracy Chapman releases her debut album. It becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The one many consider to be the greatest guitarist in British folk rock history turns 70 today. If you get to see him live, do it. Happy birthday, Richard.
Simon & Garfunkel release their fourth album on April 3, 1968.
It’s #234 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Mother of the MP3 releases her most successful and critically acclaimed album on April 1, 1987 …
… the vocal track from the original a cappella version of “Tom’s Diner” was so admired for its simplicity and clarity that it became the test track used by German scientists to perfect the mp3. According to an article Ms.Vega stumbled upon in 2000 in the (now defunct) magazine Business 2.0, lead scientist Karl-Heinz Brandenburg (“who looks like a mad scientist”) heard the tune being played down the hall form his research lab and thought the natural warmth of Ms.Vega’s voice would be the perfect template around which to improve his mp3 algorithm. If Brandenburg could figure out a way to compress such a delicate track without diminishing its glow, he could work with anything.John S.W. MacDonald, The Observer
The Chirp releases her third album on April 1, 1970.
The album is more than anything a look into her relationships with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young who back Joni up on the album in both sound and spirit.
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows … ”Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues
Orpheus’ masterpiece turns 55 — released on March 22, 1965.
It’s #31 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Orpheus releases his debut album on March 19, 1962. It takes 6 hours and $402 to record.
Bonnie Raitt releases her 12th album on March 14, 1994.